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Glen Goins

Glen Lamont Goins (January 2, 1954 – July 29, 1978)
Born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey in a family of talented musicians, this master vocalist with the strong, haunting and powerful gospel voice is perhaps best known for “calling in the Mothership” in the P Funk live shows, such as on the renowned P Funk Earth Tour.
Goins was particularly prominent on the Parliament albums Mothership Connection (1975), The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein (1976), and Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome (1977), and played on the Funkadelic albums of this period as well.
In 1977, Goins was one of the first of many musicians to leave Parliament-Funkadelic in reaction to what was perceived as very bad management by band leader George Clinton. He formed his own funk band Quazar in 1978, featuring his younger brother Kevin Goins and drummer Jerome “Bigfoot” Brailey.
Glen Goins died from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, aged 24, in 1978

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  1. No telling how HUGE he would’ve been if he’d lived longer!

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  2. I was 14 when Mothership Connection came out. Being young and from a rigid Christian family,who was not allowed to listen to secular music, I knew immediately that I loved this kind of music. But like any novice, all I wanted to hear was the songs played on the radio. We all loved George Clinton and thought he was the man. The following albums, Clones and Placebo Syndrome were wicked as well. But as I aged and became truly aware of music, I would listen to these albums with a new curiosity to who was this cat singing lead? When the web took off and gave one the ability to do research, I went crazy. In summary, Glen Lamont Goins to me has no equal as a singer! PERIOD! his range, tone, screams, moans and hums are on another level! I have purchased everything I can that this man recorded. He was truly one of the greats if not the greatest. Gone too soon! Love you Glen. There will never be another like you. Its amazing how God give us small doses of the truly amazing!

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  3. Swing Down Sweet Chariot!! I will never 4 get it!!!!!

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  4. Glenn Goins was amazing! Absolutely knew how to sing in a really funky tone and I still have the original Quazar album L.P version from 1978! Every time I listen to ‘Funk and roll’ or ‘Funk with a capital G’ I find myself humming it all day long! I am overjoyed by the fact that Quazar was formed otherwise I would not have my favourite songs!

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  5. probably the best voice of parliament funkadelic.RIP Glen !!!

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  6. When Glen entered the Parliament Funkadelic clan that’s when things took off. Definitely their highest period and Glen Was not only a singing and playing force in the bands but an inspiration as well. When he left you heard the difference in the music, in their sound. After funkentelechy there was no more, only dance. Man! What a loss.

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  7. George Clinton needs to release the ‘Best Of Glen Goins’ CD with all the Glen Goins featured track from any of the P-Funk bands during his era. All personal feelings and egos aside.

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